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Joined December 2018

Historical Fiction, Non-fiction, Psychological Thrillers, Suspense & Classics are my favorite reads.
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West with Giraffes | Lynda Rutledge
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#BookedInTime 1930s Dust bowl June 2024
@cuilin @dabbe

I love all the different covers I found for this book.
#CoverLove
Based on true events...
1930s road trip with a couple of giraffes, a teenage boy (Woody) and a curmudgeon. (old man) I flew through this one.

Cuilin ✅🎉I wish I had a chosen that book. I DNF‘d mine I may try another. But yeah, definitely. #CoverLove. 1d
sblbooks @Cuilin you have plenty of time. 1d
dabbe On the spreadsheet! 🤩 1d
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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5🌟 My favorite type of Science Fiction: time travel, techno thriller. This was a page turner. I loved the quote about life with a cheat code.

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Adventure Awaits | Karen Kingsbury, Tyler Russell
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#MiddleGradeMonday @Karisimo
#JuneTBR
In the fourth book in the Baxter children's series, the kids go to camp. I will be reading this by the end of the month.

Karisimo I didn‘t know the Baxter series had a kids spin off! Thanks for sharing! 3w
sblbooks @Karisimo you're welcome! It's a wholesome, fun series I hope you enjoy it. 3w
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#MiddleGradeMonday @Karisimo
I chose a World War II novel set in Pearl Harbor. My grandfather served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was stationed in Hawaii for part of that time.
I have not read this book yet, it was a cover buy. It sounded like an interesting story.

Karisimo It does sound good! I had a great uncle at Pearl Harbor! Thanks for sharing!! 4w
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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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@squirrelbrain @Megabooks @BarbaraBB
#CampLitsy24 July

My library hold came in, so I went ahead and listened to the July selection. This was really good. The last half of the book took a dark turn that I wasn't expecting. There's so much to discuss in this one. Looking forward to it.
Now I need to read Huck Finn again. It's been a while.

squirrelbrain Yes, the second half was a lot darker, wasn‘t it? 1mo
Megabooks Yes! It did get a bit dark but appropriately so in my mind. Really looking forward to the discussion and you joining us in July! 1mo
BarbaraBB Can‘t wait to read this one! 1mo
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Color of Sound | Emily Barth Isler
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#MiddlegradeMonday #timetravel
@Daisey @Karisimo
Share a middle grade read with time travel.
This is an anticipated read that has a time slip element. I can't wait to read it because I loved Aftermath, by the same author.

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julieclair Sounds very fun! 😀 1mo
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Land of Silence | Tessa Afshar
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#BookedInTime Biblical fiction May 2024
@cuilin @dabbe
4🌟

I enjoyed the author's take on the passage from the Bible about the woman with the issue of blood. (See above) It's a heart-wrenching story of faith and redemption. Characters and plot are well developed. I would definitely recommend it.

dabbe On the spreadsheet! 🤩 1mo
Cuilin Wonderful ✅🎉 1mo
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#weeklyforecast
I thought I would share a readathon I heard about on booktube. It looks like fun, and the bingo board is adorable. I'm currently reading the tagged book; it would work for several prompts.
Bless your heart
Hot as blue blazes
All the fixings
Howdy partner
It's extremely emotional, has a hot setting, could be considered multiple genres, and also has friendship and family.

BookmarkTavern That‘s freaking adorable! 💖 2mo
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Three Strike Summer | Skyler Schrempp
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#MiddleGradeMonday @Karisimo @Daisey

Gloria's family lose their Farm in Oklahoma, and have to move to California to survive. There are lots of tough topics in this one. Great for a book club!

Daisey This sounds like one I need to look up! 2mo
Karisimo This does sounds like a good one!! 2mo
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#BookReport
#YAApril
I decided to read quite a few #YA this month. I'm happy with my selections, all of these were four and five stars.

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julesG The banter is 👩🏻‍🍳😘 2mo
Allylu I liked this one, too. 2mo
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I've seen this one all over booktube. Hopefully, I'll get to it soon. @Karisimo #middlegradeMonday

Karisimo @sblbooks this was my favorite middle grade book for 2023! (edited) 2mo
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
🌟 Little Women 👌🚺❤
🌟🌟 The Secret Book of Flora Lea (tagged)
🌟🌟🌟 Amy Harmon

Eggs Thanks for playing 🙌🏻🙏🏻 2mo
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Lost in the Sun | Lisa Graff
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#MiddleGradeMonday @Karisimo
One from my TBR. My brother took this picture of the eclipse from his house in South Carolina.

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
Karisimo Awesome! I haven‘t read this one yet! 2mo
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Out of My Mind | Sharon M. Draper
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#middlegradeMonday @Karisimo
I don't know how I've never seen this tag before. The above is from my review, when I read this 5 years ago.

mrp27 I‘ve never seeing this tag before either! 3mo
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When My Name Was Keoko | Linda Sue Park
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#BookReport I finished up five for #middlegradeMarch Thanks to all those who participated! One seasonal cozy, one time travel and one suspense.

rubyslippersreads This is adorable! 🐑 3mo
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julieclair I want to read this just based on the cover! Adding to my stack. But thanks for the heads up about the audio. I‘ll look for a print version. 3mo
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Town with No Mirrors | Christina Collins
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#BookReport #MiddleGradeMarch #dontjudgeabookbyitscover All of my books this week were 4 and 4.5 Stars. It was difficult to choose a favorite. I decided on The Town With No Mirrors; a middle grade dystopian about of the importance of body image. It was quite unique.

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Comfort | Joyce Moyer Hostetter
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#MiddleGradeMarch #BookReport
I'm fortunate that I can listen to audiobooks while I work. It makes the day so much more enjoyable. Comfort is the second in a series, and my only five star this week. The Tale of Despereaux is a three star read All the rest are four stars.

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#BookedInTime ancient Ireland March 2024
@cuilin @dabbe
I enjoyed some traditional Irish fairy tales for this month's pick. #kidlit

#MiddlegradeMarch
My favorite book of the week is The Lost Year. I wonder if I can find anything to top it by the end of the month.

#BookReport

dabbe On the spreadsheet! 🤩 4mo
Cuilin Sweet book 💚✔️🎉 4mo
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My Favorite Authors | Thomas Costley
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#MiddleGradeMarch. For all those participating let's see your stack for next month! These are all favorite authors except for The Mona Lisa Vanishes. I'm reading that for the booktube Middle Grade March book club pick. #foodandlit #MarchTBR
@texreader @Catsandbooks South Korea pick is When My Name Was Keoko.

Catsandbooks Great collection! ❤️🇰🇷 4mo
Daisey I don‘t have a stack for next month, but I plan to pick some books from my class library shelves by authors I (and students) enjoy, but that I haven‘t read yet. 4mo
Texreader Yay!! 4mo
sblbooks @Daisey. I look forward to seeing what you read. 4mo
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#MiddleGradeMarch host @sblbooks It's that time of year again. Everyone welcome! This year's theme is favorite authors! Read books by your favorite author that you have been wanting to get to. I'm tagging those who participated last year. @LitsyEvents
@megnews @peanutnine @mrp27 @clwojick @SarahBradley @eggs @IndoorDame @Daisey @EzraScarletbookgasm @allylu @newkidonthebook @BarbaraJean @webhau1 @Johanna414 @jenken1998

mrp27 Yay, I‘m in! 4mo
BarbaraJean I love this theme! Count me in! 4mo
peanutnine Great theme! I'm in 😊 4mo
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willaful I think I've already read all of my favorite authors, but I have been wanting to read more Rebecca Stead because I loved When You Reach Me, so I'll join in. 😃 4mo
sblbooks @willaful Glad to have you. I'm going to read one by Stead this month. 4mo
Allylu Already! Actually I was just thinking about it yesterday. I‘m in, of course. 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I don‘t know why I never got notification from your tag. I missed this! I love middle grade books and have been participating for the recent years 🥺 3mo
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Lost in Time | A.G. Riddle
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I love time travel, this was a little different than my usual historical type. I'm finding that I really enjoy techno thrillers! It sucked me in for sure.

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#SeasonalCozies @JulieClair

Murder on Valentine's Day 3.5🌟
I enjoyed this short story a little better than book one.

Her Royal Spyness 4🌟
I wasn't sure which month this was set, turns out it was an April. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical UK setting.

julieclair Is Ridgeway the dog? He‘s so adorable! 4mo
sblbooks @julieclair Ridgeway is the name of the town. The Saint Bernard's name is Molly. She is cute! I just love the covers in this series. 4mo
julieclair This definitely qualifies as a #thecovermademereadit book! 4mo
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#BookedInTime: Russian Revolution
February 2024
@cuilin @dabbe

This was a low pick, mainly due to the fictional parts of this book. The mystery and twist at the end didn't work for me at all, since I already knew the ending. I would recommend reading a nonfiction account instead.

dabbe On the spreadsheet! 🤩 5mo
Cuilin I just thought of this book 5mo
Cuilin February Russian revolution ✅🎉 5mo
sblbooks @Cuilin Thanks for the book recommendation. It sounds good. 5mo
Itchyfeetreader Aha we went for the same book! I had similar views to you ! 4mo
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Miss Bunkle's Book | D. E. Stevenson
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#FebruaryTBR I'm looking forward to this stack! Romance: Book Lovers and Just Once.
Cozy mysteries: Her Royal Spyness & Murder on Valentine's Day. Nonfiction: Into Thin Air & The Hiding Place. Speculative fiction: Where the Lemon Trees Grow. Classic: Miss Buckle's Book. Thriller: Moon of the Crusted Snow. Sci-fi: Lost in Time. Historical fiction: The Last Bookshop in London & The Kitchen Boy.
#BookedInTime 2/2024 @cuilin @dabbe

Cuilin Well your February is wonderfully booked. Looking forward to your thoughts on The Kitchen Boy. 5mo
willaful Miss Buncle is very fun! 5mo
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dabbe It's on the spreadsheet! 🤩 5mo
julieclair This is a great stack! Looks like you have a wonderful month of reading ahead. 👍 5mo
kspenmoll This looks like some wonderful books! 5mo
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Cress | Marissa Meyer
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This is the my favorite in the series so far.

Ruthiella I think it‘s probably the best of the four! But I have a soft spot for Wolf in the second book. ❤️ 5mo
sblbooks @Ruthiella I love Wolf! I had a soft spot for him in this book.💔 5mo
CogsOfEncouragement I really enjoyed this series. 5mo
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Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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While not my favorite Hannah, I loved the historical bits about the siege of Leningrad. I had to knock off a star for the "lack of communication" trope.

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#SeasonalCozies @JulieClair

I didn't realize this was a short story when I bought it. The mystery was over in about 30 seconds. I would have preferred a novel, however it was still a cute story.

AnnR Super cute bookcover. 🙂🐕 6mo
sblbooks @AnnR I thought so too. This was definitely a cover buy. 6mo
julieclair Glad you enjoyed it, even if it was shorter than expected! 🤪 But that sweet dog… maybe you could keep the book face out on your bookshelf just so you can gaze at him! 🐶💙 6mo
sblbooks @julieclair good idea! 6mo
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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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#WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn
That's a wrap for 2023. Time flies when you're having fun.

Emilymdxn Amazing! I can‘t believe how fast this one‘s gone ❄️❄️❄️ 6mo
kwmg40 An excellent total for team #snowangels! Well done! 6mo
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Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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#snowedIn @puddlejumper
An Unwanted Guest and Northern Lights

#BookedInTime early medieval January 2024
@cuilin @dabbe The Road To Jerusalem

#SeasonalCozies @JulieClair
Murder on New Year's Eve

#ChildrensClassicRead2024 @TheBookHippie
The Rescuers

#MiddleGradeMarch Book Club on YouTube
The Winter King

#JanuaryTBR #WeatherForecast @Cinfhen

Cuilin Great choice 👍 6mo
PuddleJumper 💙❄️💙 6mo
dabbe On the #BookedInTime spreadsheet! 🤩 6mo
julieclair What a nice variety of books! 6mo
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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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#WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn
#Holidaymovie or episode 85 pts
Always love to watch my Christmas episodes of Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, and Dr Quinn Medicine Woman.
I watched several movies with a homeless or almost homeless theme this year; plus three variations of A Christmas Carol.

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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn
#WGWordSearch 2300 total week 3 game

I know there's a lot more but that's all I had time for.

kwmg40 Great job! 6mo
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Marmee: A Novel | Sarah Miller
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#BookedInTime - Victorian era December 2023
@cuilin @dabbe
I really enjoyed my time in the Victorian era, a very cozy Christmas Reading month.

1. 4.5🌟 Marmee
2. 4 🌟 Keeping Christmas
3. 3🌟 The Beggar Girl's Christmas

dabbe On the spreadsheet! 🤩 6mo
Cuilin Fabulous ✅🎉 6mo
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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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#WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn

1. How To Stop Time, I guess. It was hard to narrow down to just one.
2. Anne of Manhattan
3. Staying in, probably reading.
4. No, I had to go back to work.
5. I had a gray, wet Christmas. I wasn't disappointed. I was still able to go to mom's, and have lunch with family.

Emilymdxn Staying in reading on nye sounds delightful! 6mo
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A Week in Winter | Maeve Binchy
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4 🌟
There were a lot of characters to keep up with. I still really enjoyed it. I love the Irish setting.
WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn
#WGWordSearch total 2050
#HolidayRomanceReadathon @Peanutnine
#LittenListen @Aperfectmjk
#Adventathon @BookmarkTavern
#snowedIn @puddlejumper

CoffeeNBooks Great book! 6mo
BookmarkTavern Lovely! 💕 6mo
peanutnine Love books set in Ireland ☺️💖 6mo
Emilymdxn I‘ve been meaning to read this one forever ❄️ 6mo
PuddleJumper 💜💜 6mo
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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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Emilymdxn That looks SO atmospheric 6mo
BookmarkTavern Woohoo! 🎉🎉🎉 6mo
PuddleJumper 💜💜 6mo
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Swaps | Sherree DeCovny
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#JolabokaflodSwap @MaleficentBookDragon I appreciate you heading this up every year!

A huge thank you to both of my swap partners. @Amiable and @Aims42 I can't wait to read the books; not to mention all that lovely chocolate! Historical fiction and festive Christmas reads are my favorites.

Aims42 You‘re welcome 💚♥️💚 Happy Reading!! 6mo
Amiable So glad you like everything! Merry Jolabokaflod! 6mo
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A Cotswold Christmas | Kate Hewitt
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BookmarkTavern Cute cover! ❤️ 6mo
Emilymdxn I read a book by the same author that had the exact same issue for me 6mo
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Here's my #top23of23 @BarbaraBB Thanks for hosting this for @Cinfhen we miss you!

Deblovestoread Some great books on this list…and some I need to get to. 😊 6mo
BarbaraBB Ow, some great books! I loved This Time Tomorrow! 6mo
Centique Yay so glad to see Cinder! Thats such a fun series 😍 6mo
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3.5🌟
A cute cozy mystery, however I felt it was to similar to Apple Cider Slaying. ( another book by this author)

#WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn
#WGWordSearch 3920 total
#HolidayRomanceReadathon @Peanutnine
#LittenListen @Aperfectmjk 8hrs 16m
#Adventathon @BookmarkTavern

peanutnine Nice! 🎄💖 6mo
BookmarkTavern Love the title! 💖 6mo
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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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#WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn
It's been fun! I can't believe we're over halfway through the month. 22,439

Texreader Fantastic!! 6mo
Clwojick Great job! Woohoo! 🎄🥳💚 6mo
Emilymdxn How can it be half way??? Well done and go #snowangels! 6mo
CogsOfEncouragement 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6mo
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Marmee: A Novel | Sarah Miller
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peanutnine Awesome! 🎄💖☺️ 6mo
BookmarkTavern Cute! 💕 6mo
Emilymdxn Sounds fun and Christmassy! 6mo
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Happy Christmas Eve | Jackie Ladbury
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#Jolabokaflodswap @MaleficentBookDragon
I received both of my packages today! So excited🎉

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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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All 4🌟except The Beggar Girl's Christmas 3🌟
I'm catching up! This is what I've read this week.

#WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn
#WGWordSearch 6190 total
#HolidayRomanceReadathon @Peanutnine
#LittenListen @Aperfectmjk

peanutnine Great job! 💖🎄☺️ 6mo
Emilymdxn I need to do some catching up too! What a great week 6mo
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The Christmas Escape | Sarah Morgan
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4❄
An atmospheric read, with all the holiday cheer. I like how the all the difficult friendships/ family drama was handled. Yes, I like happy endings.
The Muppets Christmas Carol as always a fun time.

#WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn
#WGWordSearch 4220
#HolidayRomanceReadathon @Peanutnine
#LittenListen @Aperfectmjk
#Adventathon @BookmarkTavern
#Holidaymovie (15 pts team movie)

peanutnine Love the cover ❄️💖 6mo
Texreader Go team!! 6mo
BookmarkTavern Muppet Christmas Carol is my favorite adaptation! ❤️ 6mo
Emilymdxn Delightful! ❄️❄️❄️ 6mo
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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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#DailyPhotoChallenge #Angel
On the right hand side, homemade ornaments by my aunt when I was a baby. (1970s)

#DecemberDreams #Christmascardday @eggs @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
On the top left hand side, I just received a homemade card from my cousin today.

#WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn

Emilymdxn They‘re so beautiful! 6mo
sblbooks @Emilymdxn Thanks! I treasure them. 6mo
Eggs So pretty 👼 6mo
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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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#WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn
1510 points for the Week 1 game: Christmas or winter themed words.

Emilymdxn Well done! ❄️❄️❄️ 6mo
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Eight Nights of Flirting | Hannah Reynolds
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Yesterday was all about the second chance romances. Four star for Once Upon A Christmas Carol 3-star for Eight Nights of Flirting.
#WinterGames #SnowAngels @Emilymdxn
#WGWordSearch 2950
#SnowedIn @PuddleJumper
#HolidayRomanceReadathon @Peanutnine
#LittenListen @Aperfectmjk
#Adventathon @BookmarkTavern

BookmarkTavern Yay! ❤️❄️❤️ 7mo
peanutnine Awesome! 🎄💖☺️ 7mo
Emilymdxn These look gorgeous! 7mo
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